IPOH: A waitress, who lost her job during the movement control order last year, was swindled twice by agents who purportedly could provide hot tips for 4D numbers.
Foong Wai Min, 42, said an advertisement on her social media platform claimed a person by the name of Kelvin was able to provide tips to ensure those who bought 4D numbers would win.
The mother of five, whose husband also lost his job last year, said she contacted Kelvin in December via WhatsApp.
Fong said she was told to bank in RM500 into an account.
“Once I did that, he requested me to bank in RM1,500 and RM4,450 more to get the tips, but I declined to do so, and I never received any tips after that.
“Then just last week, I saw a similar advertisement, but this time, a man named Sam who claimed that he is also able to provide tips, and so I had banked in RM1,000 and RM1,500 respectively to another account, but I never got any tips.
“That was when I realised that I had been cheated of a total of RM3,000 and I was worried because I had borrowed money from people, as well as took out RM1,000 from my Employees Provident Fund’s i-Sinar to pay for the tips, ” she told reporters during a press conference organised by Menglembu assemblyman Steven Chaw.
With the help of Chaw, she had lodged a police report and the Perak Commercial Crime department also recorded her statement.
Chaw said he had seen such advertisements on many social media platforms, and advised the public not to fall prey to such scammers.
He said checks with the agencies found that they had no such agents, and that no tips were provided.
“It is lucky that she only lost RM3,000, as the commercial crime policeman was telling me that they have reports where people have lost up to RM60,000 in such scams.
“Those who see such advertisements must not be greedy, as there is no easy way to make fast money, ” he added.